On the day when Minor League Baseball began enforcement of new rules at various levels, the Phillies farm system saw some ups and downs. Plus, Odubel Herrera‘s rehab assignment continued with the Threshers and Roman Quinn continues to look for a center field job as a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
OFFENSE: Roman Quinn played in game one of the doubleheader and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He was also thrown out attempting to steal second base by catcher Connor Wong… Dalton Guthrie continues to hit with a 4-for-8 night in the two games, to go with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. On the season, Guthrie is now batting .378, .425, .459 in 10 games, batting primarily out of the leadoff spot, while playing a strong center field… Nick Maton lifted his second HR of the season out of Polar Park Friday to give Lehigh Valley a lead in the sixth inning of the opening game of the doubleheader. As a team, the ‘Pigs are batting 5-24-.220/.313/.333 through their first 10 games of the season.
HR: LV – Maton (2); WOR – Downs (2), Ramos (2)
PITCHING: Neither starter had a good night. In game one, Ricardo Sanchez went 2 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk. Hans Crouse started game two and had an even worse night, lasting just 2/3 of an inning, walking two and giving up two hits that resulted in four earned runs. Crouse’s season ERA is now 14.54 in two starts… Jonathan Hennigan (7.71 ERA) rebounded in game two from a rough start to the season and gave the ‘Pigs three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and no walks, while whiffing four batters. Tyler Cyr, Kyle Dohy, Nick Duron and Dillon Maples all threw one shutout inning.
GAME ONE WP: Cyr (2-0, 0.00), LP: Feltman (0-1, 4.50), SV: none
GAME TWO WP: Bazardo (2-0, 0.00), LP: Crouse (0-2, 14.54), SV: none
OFFENSE: Big night in Akron for Jhailyn Ortiz, who hit two home runs and drove in five runs. The right field prospect is now batting .241 with the Fightins in five games… Jonathan Guzman had two hits to up his slash line to 1-4-.250/.333/.500 in seven games… Logan O’Hoppe has been hitting second in the Fightins batting order and has shown extreme plate discipline with just one strikeout in 27 at-bats. O’Hoppe has been the team’s primary catcher, but has also served as a DH… The Fightins are last in all of Double-A baseball in hitting with a .186 average through their first seven games and are fourth from the bottom in OBP (.291).
HR: RDG – Ortiz 2 (3), AKR – Valera (1)
PITCHING: Adam Leverett made it through five innings, striking out six batters. He allowed just three hits and walked one in the game… The bullpen pitched well in relief, with Matt Seelinger allowing just an unearned run in two innings and Nick Lackney throwing two shutout innings in the win.
WP: Leverett (1-1, 5.19), LP: Curry (0-1, 6.00), SV: none
OFFENSE: Baron Radcliff, 23, had a two-hit game for the BlueClaws Friday in Brooklyn. The 2020 fifth round pick out of Georgia Tech, is now hitting 0-1-.250/.423/.673 with two stolen bases on the season with six walks in six games… Johan Rojas is one of the few ‘Claws players off to a good start. The 21-year old was 1-for-4 with a walk Friday and is now batting 0-2-.280/.357/.320 out of the leadoff spot at Jersey Shore… The BlueClaws were were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base Friday… Radcliff stole his second base of the season Friday night to give the BlueClaws 26 steals as a team, easily the highest number in the Phillies organization. They have been caught stealing just twice.
HR: JS – none; BRK – none
PITCHING: Griff McGarry made his 2022 debut Friday as the team’s starter and went just one inning, which was the plan for him. The right-hander arguably has the best stuff in the organization, but was slowed this spring by an injury and the Phillies are going to take it slowly with getting him back on the mound. The 2021 fifth round pick was perfect with two strikeouts in his debut… Ethan Lindow threw two shutout innings and Andrew Baker was victimized by weak fielding to allow two unearned runs in the eighth.
WP: Vargas (1-0, 3.00), LP: Russell (0-2, 9.64), SV: Courtney 2 (2.25)
OFFENSE: Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 with a double in his rehab game with Clearwater Friday. He is now 4-for-12 (.333) in three games with the Threshers as he rehabs from an oblique injury… Nice night for Kendall Simmons, who led a four-run fifth inning with a three-run bomb, his first of the season. The Phillies took Simmons, 22, in the sixth round of the 2018 Draft… As a team, the Threshers have a slash line of 4-20-.210/.292/.310.
HR: CLW – Simmons (1), SL – De Los Santos (1)
PITCHING: Victor Lopez didn’t have a particularly good night out of the bullpen, giving up two earned runs in two innings of work, but he was the beneficiary of the big fifth inning and got his first win of the season… Starter Rafael Marcano gave up three runs – two earned – over four innings and did not allow a walk, while striking out three… Alex Gabrick threw two shutout innings and Tommy McCollum shut down St. Lucie in the ninth.
WP: Lopez (1-0, 4.50), LP: Zwack (1-1, 17.18), SV: McCollum (1)
FARM NOTES: P Jeff Singer cleared waivers and was assigned to Lehigh Valley on Friday… Due to roster size limitations, Lackney opened the season on the Developmental List with Reading and was activated on Friday when starter Noah Skirrow took his place on the list… Reading has off days on Sunday and Monday. To avoid playing on Easter Sunday, Akron scheduled a doubleheader for Saturday and Monday is the weekly designated off day for minor league teams.